The Rewards of Serendipity
I arrived at Port San Vicente Sta Ana Cagayan. A perfect sunny day and started doing photo documentation of the place.
Not much going around due to the time of the day. I was still groggy from the slow turtle paced bus ride i took from Baguio to Lallo, Tuguegarao then took a mini-bus finally arrived at San Vicente port.
I noticed something unusual about this parked red plated government SUV here near the wharf on a weekend… connect the dots. I also see a RORO at the far end of the port and by the way, this is where the Philippine North Luzon highway road ends (physically and literally). For me, that’s a personal record.
On the same day, I came back to San Vicente wharf in the afternoon and rented a motorized outrigger boat headed to Siwangag Cove. The golden hour was starting to happen and in photography, this is the best times to take images due to the high quality of the light.
The sea was smooth and the motorized outrigger boat was quite fast and the journey was comfortable. I’m in good hands.
Notice the orange lifejacket. It’s a must to wear one so i complied. Safety first. The fishermen were exempted i guess. *Laughs*
Truth to the fact that of all the boat rides, the motorized outrigger boats of Sta Ana Cagayan is one of the best that I’ve ever ridden. The boat just skims over the water with grace and ease and you don’t feel any bumps or even feel the waves. I never got sea sick.
Worth noting are the driving “sailing” skills of two fisherman who runs the boat. One steers the boat and another a hand serves as the lookout at the backend. A well-coordinated tag team partnership.
Along the way, we meet a passing motorized outrigger boat speeding back to land. The sky was getting pronounced in sunset colours.
This is the first time I’ve ever witnessed an isolated rainfall at sea in my life. Like a rainfall zone. Hmm… very unusual … climate change tell-tale signs …
We were passing Palaui Island and the dusk skies was a glorious sight.
In meditation. I was just a detached observer. To get steady shots, I have to use my camera tripod as support. Also, always stayed seated during the boat ride as balance and safety were essential.
Just appreciating the unspoiled beauty of Palaui Island as we head to it and drawing nearer.
Nearer … and closer to Palaui Island.
At the distance is Northern Luzon Straight where we see Camiguin Island where dusk is currently painting the sky and seas. At the moment we’re sailing Siwangag Harbor.
You won’t miss out on the active fishermen folks busy with the daily livelihood grind. Again, capturing this scene was a bonus. I left the frame uncropped to add parts of the outrigger boat to situate the shot taken on the boat.
I arrived at Siwangag Cove on Palaui Island. I just appreciated the fact that I made it on time and made the best of the situation. I wanted to go right on the other side of the mountain to witness the full sunset, however, by some unexplained natural forces kept me and compose this exposure shot.
Leaving is such a sweet sorrow. As sundown was imminent. For more information of the Siwangag cove, do check out my earlier blog
Whilst in deep meditation watching sundown at Siwangag harbor, I immediately head out back to Sta Ana. Another 30 minutes of boat ride going back to land. I realized that now that i got inside Palaui Island, probably i am an insider.
On a quick note, the sunset chase was a also personal success…